New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:49 pm

Thought I'd have one last go at it before calling it a night and yep you guessed it...

IT LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES!!!! Wooooooo. :D

With a little help from my son Alex and my supportive wife Kath who stopped me going insane I finally managed to get her up and running. My guess is something was loose somewhere and was just causing the machine to have a bit of a strop. I can't believe how silent it is now compared to what it was before either, even at boot which used to be ludicrously noisy.

Just about to install my first set of Geforce drivers so will report back on how it does with games when I can.

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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:09 am

Tried out Black Ops 3 for a few matches. High settings. 60fps. Never dipped below. I know there is a certain amount of placebo effect when you get new hardware but it genuinely feels like I've just upgraded my whole PC if what I just played was anything to go off, what a difference a new GPU and PSU can make. I can now go to bed happy after being frustrated most of the day.
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Jez » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:22 am

well done dave, id have chucked the thing into the river by now. What was loose specifically?

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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Lee » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:25 am

The screw in his head... don't ban me!!!
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:10 am

:lol:

I'm fairly confident it was the CPU 4 pin that is shaped like a D that was the main issue. The cable was wrongly fed around the machine and wasn't quite fitted right due to it being tugged on. At least this is what I believe the problem was as it was the very last thing I did from scratch before the machine booted up.

Speaking of booting before this new PSU was installed my machine would cold boot and make a terrible noise for a good 30 second or longer as the case fan/cpu fan settled in but now the machine is completely silent from the very moment I hit the power button. 3 fucking years I tried to fix that issue when all I ever needed to do was ditch the generic shitty PSU and buy myself a decent one at long last. :)
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Lee » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:26 am

Yea you can't really skimp out on the PSU bud as that is the very thing that can fuck up the rest of the system in many ways.
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:44 am

Good news Dave. Does this mean some BF4 is on the cards now?
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:26 pm

I guess it does if I can be bother to download it all. :P
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Snowy » Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:31 pm

Welcome back to nVidia Dave, and hopefully some JC3 :D
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:04 pm

I have tried JC3 Ian bud and sadly still getting the exact same issues as before. Start menu not loading etc.

I'll tell you what though one thing I have learned the last 24 hours owning this new card and power unit is just how much I was previously forced into compromising on the graphical quality of my games, all of my games. So much so that playing BLOPS 3's campaign tonight I have seen visual effects I'd either never really seen before or simply had forgotten they existed due to never really have the hardware to back it all up. While my old 2GB card did well enough to deliver 60fps gaming it did so at the expense of graphical trickery everyone else was taking for granted. In BLOPS 3 I am now able to not only put everything on high with dynamic shadows, sub scattering, 2x filmic AA but also full volumetric lighting and transparency enabled. All of that on screen and still hitting that golden 60fps.

I'd practically forgotten just how good modern games can look when fully enabled so I'm finding myself looking at games I'm trying with a brand new pair of eyes so to speak. A few weeks ago I wouldn't have thought I'd be able to see any of my games looking as good as they now do on the exact same system without a complete hardware overhaul. What a difference and no compromise required. I won't go as far as to say you guys were all right about making the switch over to Nvidia but yeah. No compromises necessary any longer.
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby DjchunKfunK » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:41 am

That sucks about JC3. I take it you have tried verify the cache? Also maybe try deleting the install and re-download? If the menu isn't loading it feels more like a missing file rather than perhaps a bug.
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:57 am

Redownloaded the game twice in full.
Set the exe to admin rights.
Verified the files several times.

Still no go. No I don't get it either.
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby NG » Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:13 pm

If it's a right mess for you, you could do a Steam refund request if you've played it for less than 2hrs.

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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:08 pm

I've been playing a lot of Metro: Last Light recently and have noticed that my GPU temps are obviously higher than they were with my older card as I'm now running physX and details on very high with tessellation and 16xAF and 1080p. Question is what is a reasonable temp for a fairly demanding game?
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Me » Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:49 am

GPUs do get alot hotter than CPUs, temps in the 80s isn't too unusual I don't think.

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